Up To 10 Times Hike In Penalties - Highlights Of The Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Bill 2016
Published On Aug 05, 2016 10:34 AM By Nabeel
Road safety in India is a growing concern. Reports suggest that every year within India over five lakh road accidents take place which results in over 1.5 lakh people losing their lives. To put these facts into order, the Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister has given its approval for Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Bill 2016. These amendments aim to reduce the accidents and fatalities by 50 per cent in five years. The Government plans on doing so by imposing hefty penalties and fines on traffic offenders. Here are the major highlights of the Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Bill 2016.
1. The increase in compensation for hit and run cases from Rs 25,000 to Rs two lakh. Compensation of up to Rs 10 lakh in road accidents fatalities.
2. In the case of offences committed by juveniles, the guardian/owner of the vehicle shall be deemed guilty and the juvenile will be tried under the JJ Act. Registration of motor vehicle will also be canceled.
3. Increase in fine from Rs 100 to Rs 1,000 for riding without wearing a helmet. This might also result in disqualification of the rider's licence for three months.
4. Penalty for drink-and-drive will be raised to Rs 10,000 from Rs 2,000.
5. Penalty for driving without wearing a seatbelt will be raised from Rs 100 to Rs 1,000.
6. There will be a provision to penalise drivers who do not provide way to emergency vehicles.
7. Adding online services such as enabling online learning licenses, increasing validity period for driving licenses and fulfilling requirements of educational qualifications for transport licenses.
8. The state Government can specify a multiplier, not less than one and not greater than ten, to be applied to each fine under this Act.
9. The state Government can regulate road activities in a public place.
10. The driving training process will be strengthened which will result in a faster issuance of transport licenses.
Proposed Amendments in various penalties under Motor Vehicle Amendment Bill – 2016
|Section||Violation||Old Penalty||Proposed Penalties|
|177||General||Rs 100||Rs 500|
|New 177A||Violation of road rules||Rs 100||Rs 500|
|178||Travel without ticket||Rs 200||Rs 500|
|179||Disobedience of orders||Rs 500||Rs 2,000|
|180||Unauthorised use of vehicles without licence||Rs 1,000||Rs 5,000|
|181||Driving without licence||Rs 500||Rs 5,000|
|182||Driving despite disqualification||Rs 500||Rs 10,000|
|182 B||Oversize vehicles (new)||-||Rs 5000|
|183||Over speeding (Light Motor Vehicle)||Rs 400||Rs 1,000|
|183||Over speeding (Medium Passenger Vehicle)||Rs 400||Rs 2,000|
|184||Dangerous driving penalty||Rs 1,000||Up to Rs 5,000|
|185||Drink and drive||Rs 2,000||Rs 10,000|
|189||Speeding or racing||Rs 500||Rs 5,000|
|192 A||Vehicle without permit||Up to Rs 5,000||Up to Rs 10,000|
|193||Violations of licensing conditions (new)||Rs 25,00 to 1 lakh|
|194||Overloading of goods||Rs 2000 + Rs 1,000 per extra tonne||Rs 20,000 + Rs 2,000 per extra tonne|
|194 A||Overloading of passengers||-||Rs 1,000 per person|
|194 B||Driving without seat belt||Rs 100||Rs 1,000|
|194 C||Overloading of two wheelers||Rs 100||Rs 2,000|
|194 D||Rideing without helmet||Rs 100||Rs 1,000|
|194 E||Not providing way for emergency vehicles||-||Rs 10,000|
|196||Driving Without Insurance||Rs 1,000||Rs 2,000|
|199||Offences by Juveniles (new)||Rs 25,000|
|210 B||Offences committed by enforcing authorities||Twice the penalty under the relevant section|
We hope these amendments are soon implemented and the bring order to the ever-growing chaotic traffic in the country. The cabinet has also passed the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill in the Rajya Sabha. Read how it affects the auto sector here.
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